Kathleen Shearer has been working in the areas of open access, research data management and digital libraries for many years. Shearer is the Executive Director of COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories), an international association of repository initiatives that was launched in October 2009. COAR is located in Gottingen, Germany and has a membership of over 100 institutions worldwide from 36 countries in 5 continents. COAR has been developing a model for sustainable scholarly communications based on a global network of open access repositories and has also been actively promoting the role of libraries in the future of scholarly communication.
Shearer is also a consultant for several other organizations. She has been a Research Associate with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) since early 2000. She was instrumental in the launch of the Portage Research Data Management Network in Canada and contributed to the development of the recently released CARL Scholarly Communication Roadmap. She is also a Partnership Consultant with the US-based Association of Research Libraries (ARL), providing expertise to the Association about international activities and scholarly communication. Shearer has also done extensive work for the Canadian federal government and research funding agencies including a project to develop metrics and indicators framework for open science.